Violence erupts at Covid curb protest in Brussels; Dutch police arrest over 30
Violence broke out at a protest against anti-Covid measures in Brussels on Sunday, in which police said tens of thousands of people took part.
The march began peacefully but police later fired water cannon and tear gas in response to a group of participants throwing projectiles, an AFP photographer witnessed.
AFP also saw at least two police injured in the events, as officers in riot gear charged the crowd backed by water cannon. One protester was seen being evacuated by an ambulance near the Berlaymont, the EU head quarters.
Several of the demonstrators caught up in the clash wore hoods and carried Flemish nationalist flags, while others wore nazi-era yellow stars.
Police said 35,000 protesters marched from the North Station in Brussels against a fresh round of Covid measures announced by the government on Wednesday.
Dutch police have arrested more than 30 people during unrest in The Hague and other towns in the Netherlands that followed an "orgy of violence" the previous night at a protest against coronavirus restrictions. Police said on Sunday that they arrested 19 people in The Hague and used a water cannon to extinguish a fire on a street.
Fifth-wave infections in France are rising at an alarming rate, the government said on Sunday, with new daily Covid cases close to doubling over the past week. The seven-day average of new cases reached 17,153 on Saturday, up from 9,458 a week earlier, according to the health authorities, a rise of 81%. "The fifth wave is starting at lightning speed," government spokesman Gabrial Attal said.
Austrians enjoy final day before lockdown
Austrians were enjoying a last day out in coffeehouses and at Christ mas markets on Sunday before the government imposes a nation wide lockdown to combat a grow ing fourth wave of coronavirus infections.
The measures, which take effect on Monday and are expected to last for a maximum of 20 days but will be reevaluated after 10.
Three doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children younger than 5, the company announced Monday, another step toward shots for the littlest kids possibly beginning in early summer. Pfizer plans to submit the findings to U.S. regulators later this week. The 18 million youngsters under 5 are the only group in the U.S. not yet eligible for Covid-19 vaccination. Pfizer has had a bumpy time figuring out its approach.
Over 100 activists belonging to ousted Pakistani premier Imran Khan's party have been arrested in the country's Punjab province for a planned mega-march to the federal capital, Islamabad, demanding early elections. The police, who later confirmed that the arrests were made at the behest of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N ruling coalition, launched the clampdown on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf activists late on Monday night. The agitators were scheduled to assemble in Islamabad on May 25.
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell defended Elon Musk against a sexual misconduct allegation that he has denied, CNBC news reported on Monday. Business Insider last week reported that Musk's private rocket company SpaceX paid $250,000 in 2018 to settle a sexual harassment claim from an unnamed private jet flight attendant who accused Musk of exposing himself to her. The Business Insider article quoted an anonymous person who said she was a friend of the flight attendant.
The District of Columbia on Monday sued Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to hold him personally liable for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a privacy breach of millions of Facebook users' personal data that became a major corporate and political scandal. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed the civil lawsuit against Zuckerberg in D.C. Superior Court. Cambridge Analytica gathered details on as many as 87 million Facebook user s without their permission.
North Korea said on Tuesday it was witnessing a "stable" downward trend in its first confirmed COVID-19 outbreak, reporting less than 200,000 new patients with fever symptoms for a third consecutive day on Tuesday. At least 134,510 people newly showed fever symptoms as of Monday evening, taking the total number of such cases to 2.95 million since late April, the official KCNA news agency reported. The death toll stood at 68.